This week in UAF sports

Fernanda Chamorro/Sun Star Reporter
Feb. 7, 2012

Hockey:

January is the final month of the regular season for the Alaska Nanooks as they took on the Western Michigan Broncos Friday and Saturday. After a loss of 2-1 Friday night, the Nanooks came back with a win on Saturday night.

During Friday’s game, the Nanooks did not recover from the first period. Nanooks made six penalties during the period, including game misconduct and contact to the head by junior defenseman Kaare Odegard, which sent him to the bench. The Broncos scored two, the first on a power play 3:56 into the game. Sophomore left wing Colton Beck scored the only goal of the game for the Nanooks at 9:11 in the second period, assisted by junior right wing Andy Taranto. Senior goalie Scott Greenham was 24-20 on saves Western Michigan goaltender Frank Slubowski.

Alaska Nanooks were back on their game Saturday night, triumphing 4-1 against the Broncos. This time, Nanooks kept their penalties at three. The Broncos had five. Sophomore defenseman Michael Quinn scored the first goal in the first period with a power-play assisted by Taranto and sophomore center Cody Kunyk at 6:27 Jarret Granberg, Nanook junior center, scored the game-winning puck with assistance from seniors Carlo Finucci and Aaron Gens in the second period. At 19:35, Mike Leone of the Broncos snuck the puck past Greenham, but it was too late to continue. Nanooks took the win.

The game was part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association series and took place in Kalamazoo, Mich. Alaska Nanooks will hold their final regular season series in Fairbanks this Friday and Saturday at the Carlson Center at 7:05 p.m. against the Lake Superior State Lakers.

Skiing:

Nanook men’s and women’s cross-country ski teams participated in the five-kilometer classic races on Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska for the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational. These races did not count towards any collegiate scores, but were an opportunity for 84 skiers to gauge the competition.

UAF freshman Logan Hanneman placed fifth in the men’s classic interval start race with a time of 14:25.4 after Alaska Pacific University skier Brent Knight finished first in 14:04.1. Former UAF student David Norris took second place as the collegiate champion for Montana State University.

Sophomore Raphaela Sieber took 13th place among the women coming in at 17:37.0 after University of Colorado’s Eliska Hajkova’s win at 16:34.7. Sophomore Heather Edic was not far behind, crossing at 17:56.4 and placing 17th.

The Nanooks will travel to Houghton, Mich. next to compete for the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships Feb. 11-12 and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Central Region Championships on Feb. 17-18 in Ishpeming, Mich. If racers qualify, they will be entered into the NCAA Championships held March 7-10 in Bozeman, Mich.

Women’s Basketball:

Women’s basketball Nanooks lost both games on Thursday and Saturday.

On Thursday, the Montana State Billings won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference game 88-72 at Alterowitz Gymnasium in Billings, Mont. after they turned things around in the second period.

On Saturday, Nanooks faced the Seattle Pacific Falcons in Seattle, who beat Anchorage Thursday night.

Despite UAF senior Nicole Bozek’s game-high 21 points, the Nanooks were unable to score above the winning 69-62. The Falcons took advantage of their free throws to get ahead and stayed up a few points in the first and second period, leading to a victory in the end. A transition layup by Suzanna Ohlsen placed the Falcons 64-59 and Bozek got up to 64-62 with a three-point play. With 35 seconds left, the Falcons hit three free throws. The Nanooks will be back home this week playing the Play 4Kay game for breast cancer awareness on Thursday against Simon Fraser University.

Men’s Basketball:

UAF Nanooks lost two games in the Patty Center on Thursday and Saturday against Montana State University and Seattle Pacific University.

The Nanooks ultimately lost 75-64 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game against the MSU-Billings Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets came out 29-28 in the first period due to a three-pointer by Antoine Proctor with 2:24 left, which gave MSU-Billings the lead it needed. Sophomore Sergei Pucar also made 21 points and six rebounds. Junior Dominique Brinson and Senior Nico Matthews performed five assists and four steals, which were game-highs. A 16-4 surge gave the Yellowjackets the largest lead of the game, 58-45, which kept Nanooks out by seven points throughout the rest of the game.

Seattle Pacific took an easy 79-53 win over UAF on Saturday. Falcon Jobi Wall made the game-high of 25 points and seven rebounds. David Downs followed with 21 points. After the first period, Seatlle Pacific already led 36-29 and Nanooks were unable to catch up.  Brinson shot a team-high 17 points in the first half. UAF scored 11 of the 13 attempts at the line in the second period. Nanooks committed 12 turnovers were committed by the Nanooks. They were behind by 29 until Brinson’s three-pointer narrowed the gap.

“They’re a tough team, top three in the conference, so it came out a tight battle,” Brinson said at Saturday’s conference. “I think right now, we’re just trying to book on Simon Fraser and book on getting a win.”

The Nanooks play against Simon Fraser and Western Washington Thursday and Saturday, respectively, in this season’s last two road games, returning home to play the final three games.

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